Delhi-Kolkata train route highest on mobile connectivity, Airtel widest coverage, says RailYatri

On a long train journey, the mobile phone invariably becomes the biggest entertainment and knowledge source for passengers. However, one is never sure what to expect in terms of mobile network connectivity along the train route.

The latest RailYatri app allows you to quickly find that out!

The new version that was recently launched displays the mobile network coverage for any train. So, travelers can check and compare the mobile connectivity across different routes. This comes a long way in solving uncertainties and staying connected with families as one would know where the mobile connectivity is better and where they might hit a low connectivity patch. To check the network coverage, just open the timetable of any train on the app and a link on the bottom of the screen will map the route along with the coverage details.

“An Indian on an average uses 4-5 apps during long train journeys. Internet connectivity along the rail routes has thus become important to ensure pleasant experience for today’s travelers. With the Network Coverage feature, passengers now know what to expect along their train route. Armed with this information, they can make their calls or take decisions like downloading a movie or book for later consumption,” comments Manish Rathi, CEO and co-founder, RailYatri.in

Among the major connection between metros Delhi – Howrah (Kolkata) route scores the highest at 88% network coverage through the route. Compare this with Mumbai-Bangalore with 58% coverage.

“While stations are getting high speed WiFi connection, the RailYatri data showed fluctuating mobile connectivity on long train routes. While at some routes the network connectivity ranges as high as 70-88%, at other places they could go as low as 20%, depending on the network providers available on that route. The RailYatri data also captures the coverage by individual provider between stations. This awareness is definitely empowering the train traveler to make right choices at the right time,” feels Mr Rathi.

The chart below shows the popular routes & the coverage by telecom provider-

Train Route All Airtel Vodafone Reliance BSNL Idea
Mumbai – Kolkata 63% 37% 33% 15% 17% 31%
Mumbai – Chennai 58% 37% 31% 9% 14% 27%
Delhi – Chennai 73% 49% 37% 15% 26% 41%
Delhi – Kolkata 88% 71% 58% 23% 34% 39%
Delhi – Mumbai 74% 50% 48% 20% 20% 46%
Chennai – Kolkata 70% 44% 32% 13% 28% 20%
Mumbai- Bangalore 58% 37% 32% 9% 16% 26%
Bangalore – Chennai 78% 58% 42% 10% 34% 22%

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